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Book review on Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin

Synopsis:

Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target. 

They picked the wrong girl. 

Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly. 

Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

My rating: 4/5

Review:

The book cover, in my opinion, that cover it is just shocking! I’m such a lipstick junkie and the cover? I love it! However, the blood on it shows that this book isn’t going to be some girly read but something beyond what I had expected! Moreover, Foul Is Fair is a retelling of Macbeth.

Moreover, this book has one of the most unique and powerful character, Jade. She was sexually assaulted by horrible boys but that did not stopped her from being weak. Jade is utterly a type of character that will live in your minds forever.

Lastly, this book was fueled by revenge and consist violence with the use of bombs and terrible behaviours! A good read that readers won’t forget. Lastly, it had an amazing plot twist that left me shaking!

Overall, it was an amazing read. I highly recommend it, to readers who wants to read a shocking read!

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson

Synopsis

You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape.

But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.

Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past.

For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind.

And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…

Because what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

My rating: 3/5

Review:

Firstly, the book cover is really simple but cute. I love the illustration of the headphones! Thos is because, I’m a fan of music and I always need them in hand everyday!

Secondly, Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson is a romance contemporary read. I feel that most people loves music. Even if some do not, there will always be one music that they do or can connect with. With the characters in this book evolving around music it has a good element of a romance read.

Thirdly, Dan and Allison found back each other through Twitter. They dated when they were 17 years old but broken up. Their same interest in music during the time they were together made them fall back into each other again! This shows that sometimes love are lost and human made mistakes but if it is meant to be, it will be.

However, the reason I rated it a 3/5 is because, I felt that the story was not gripping. The book was too slow to read and it made me lose interest quite a bit.

Overall, it was a moderate read. I highly recommend it, to readers who likes slow contemporary romance read.

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me this book for review!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli

Synopsis:

Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.

A year ago, she could barely do a push up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? She’s made the United States’ gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they both dreamed about since they were kids. She’s on top of the world.

The pressure for perfection is higher than ever when horrifying news rips the team apart. Audrey is desperate to advocate for her teammate who has been hurt by the one person they trusted most–but not all the gymnasts are as supportive.

With the team on the verge of collapse, the one bright spot in training is Leo, her new coach’s ridiculously cute son. And while Audrey probably (okay, definitely) shouldn’t date him until after the games, would it really be the end of the world?

Balancing the tenuous relationship between her teammates with unparalleled expectations, Audrey doesn’t need any more distractions. No matter what it takes, she’s not going to let anyone bring them down. But with painful revelations, incredible odds, and the very real possibility of falling at every turn, will Audrey’s determination be enough?

My rating: 5/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, the cover is really creative and amazing like the story! This book was just a very great read.

Secondly, the writing was such an inspiring read and I could not put the book down! There were so many good message contained in it!

Thirdly, I feel that it is a unique book with regards to sports fiction which is a rare genre being written for young adult! I used to take gymnastic when I was younger and it is not an easy sport! It was incredible to read about their daily routines and how the competitions are held!

Lastly, the most important part written in it is with regards of sexual abuse occuring in gymnastic sports. It gave readers hope that us humans are strong to overcome the things that hurt us!

Overall, it was such an inspiring read. I highly recommend this book, if you like read books that gives you inspiration and a good read.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Tiger Heart by Penny Chrimes

Synopsis

One magical friendship. One roaring adventure.

The magical tale of a bold young chimney sweep and a remarkable tiger, a dangerously hypnotic ruby and a mystical land found across an ocean and through a storm. Perfect for fans of The Girl of Ink and Stars and Pax.

Fly never meant to end up in a cage with a man-eating tiger. And though she’s no princess, when the tiger bows to her, she can’t help vowing to free him and return him home.

But the bird-filled jungles and cloud-topped mountains of the tiger’s homeland are an ocean away. And not everyone wants the tiger to return.

With dark and dangerous forces working against them, will Fly be able to fulfil her promises, keep them both alive and – just maybe – become the queen her tiger knows her to be?

My rating: 4/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, the cover is absolutely stunning! It is really eye catching! My first impression of it was that I thought the book was going to be like the Disney Jungle Book! Ouh boy, was I wrong!

Secondly, the writing was simple and easy to understand. It was a fast read for me. Despite of my busy law student schedule, I managed to finish reading it within a day!

Thirdly, the characters are all interesting. The main character Fly is such a brave and intelligent young girl that had to work as a chimney sweep when she is actually someone really special! This story was just gripping for me to read and know on whether she will fulfill her destiny. Also, with regards to the roaring adventure I assumed that it was going to be like the Life of Pi and it was nothing like that! Tiger Heart was just amazing! It is such well written middle gred fantasy book!

Fourthly, this book taught me good life lessons. Such as men take the importance of having money to be respected when it is actually important to be a good person overall.

Money was all and a few pennies made you a king, on these streets.

Lastly, it showed that when policemen are corrupted the safety of the society would not be taken care of.

They called themselves policemen but all they cared were the toffs.

Overall, it was an exciting read. I highly recommend this book, if you like to read middle gred fantasy books.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on The Garden Of Evening Mists

Synopsis:

It’s Malaya, 1949. After studying law at Cambridge and time spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed plantations of Northern Malaya where she grew up as a child. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the Emperor of Japan.

Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in Kuala Lumpur, in memory of her sister who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses, but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice ‘until the monsoon comes’. Then she can design a garden for herself.

As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to her sensei and his art while, outside the garden, the threat of murder and kidnapping from the guerrillas of the jungle hinterland increases with each passing day. But the Garden of Evening Mists is also a place of mystery. Who is Aritomo and how did he come to leave Japan? Why is it that Yun Ling’s friend and host, Magnus Praetorius, seems almost immune from the depredations of the Communists? What is the legend of ‘Yamashita’s Gold’ and does it have any basis in fact? And is the real story of how Yun Ling managed to survive the war perhaps the darkest secret of all?

My rating: 3/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, the movie version of this book cover helped me a lot in imagining the garden while reading the book. This is because, the author wrote in great description about it!

Secondly, I like that the main character is relatable to me with regards to law. The author managed to write a few good simple descriptions about law.

Thirdly, the book descriptions was well written. There were written in good details mostly about the surroundings of the characters. Also, the writing had a lot of wise words that might be captivating to readers.

Fourthly, the characters were all really matured and interesting to read. Besides that, the historical part of Malaya and Japan was interesting to read. It was also really terrorizing and heartwrenching to read on what had happened to innocent people that were captured in the slave labour camp by the Japanese during their occupation in Malaya.

However, the reason I rated this book a 3/5 is because, the author is false in saying that the main character was “studying law” instead of “reading law”. We do not study law but read law. Also, I felt that the main character failed in having self reflection in order to achieve what she wanted at the first place on her journey. Lastly, I did not like the ending as it was hanging and not a proper conclusion on what had really happened to Aritomo.

Overall, it was an interesting read. I highly recommend it, if you are looking for a historical read.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Evernight by Ross Mackenzie

Synopsis:

Thousands of years ago, the Evernight came to the Silver Kingdom and turned everything to darkness and chaos. It was only defeated thanks to the skill and bravery of the Witches. But now the Evernight is about to return, released by the evil Mrs Hester, and the only spell that might stop it is lost, deep below the great city of King’s Haven.

Then orphan Larabelle Fox stumbles across a mysterious wooden box while treasure-hunting in the city’s sewers. Little does she realise she is about to be catapulted into an adventure, facing wild magic and mortal danger – and a man who casts no shadow . . .

My rating: 5/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, look at how stunning that front cover is! It is just beautiful! The cover is as amazing as the story!

Secondly, Evernight has such a good world building. Such a page turner! This book consist dark magic and dark sinister characters! The way Ross Mackenzie wrote it was remarkable! I also enjoyed her description on the spells for their origin and how they are used.

Thirdly, the characters all had an excellent development. Moreover, Larabelle the main character is such a strong female character! I adore books with an inspiring main character!

Lastly, I can’t wait to know what will happen more in this series! As the character Shadow Jack is utterly terrifying and I’m scared for Larabelle’s fate!

Overall, it was a magical read. I highly recommend this book, if you like to read Harry Potter books like me!

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on Diary Of A Confused Feminist

Synopsis:

Kat wants to do GOOD FEMINISM, although she’s not always sure what that means. She also wants to be a writer, get together with Hot Josh (is this a feminist ambition?), win at her coursework and not make a TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT of herself at all times.

But the path to true feminism is filled with mortifying incidents and when everything at school starts to get a bit too much, Kat knows she’s lost her way, and the only way forward is to ask for help . . .

Join Kat AKA the Confused Feminist as she navigates EVERYTHING from menstrual cups and mental health to Instagram likes and #TimesUp in her HILARIOUS, OUTRAGEOUS and VERY EMBARRASSING diary.

My rating: 4.5/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, I absolutely adore the book cover because pink is one of my favourite colour! Moreover, I think it is empowering to be clearly showing that its a book about feminism.

Secondly, I feel that it is really one of the funniest book I have ever read! The main character, Kat, is also such an interesting and well going character. I like that she managed to have a self reflect and personal discovery.

Thirdly, I adore the relationship that she has with her father. She can be herself and was not ashamed on talking about feminine topics with her dad.

Lastly, this book talked a lot about the important things in life. Such as mental health, anxiety, period poverty, bullying and many more! The conclusion was also really good!

Overall, it was a funny and an inspiring read. I highly recommend this book, if you like to read about Feminism!

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on One Of Us Is Next by Karen M.McManus

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling thriller everyone is talking about, One of Us Is Lying! There’s a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, and there’s a whole new set of rules.

Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.

A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

Until now. 

This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game. 

Truth or Dare.

Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark. 

Then comes Maeve and she should know better—always choose the dare. 

But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection.

Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.

My rating : 4.5/5

Review:

Firstly, in my opinion, the cover is a classic like all of Karen M.McManus’s books! All of them are simple yet shows us their mystery vibes for both the United Kingdom and United State versions.

Secondly, the writing of One Of Us Is Next was really intriguing. I just can’t put the book down! I’ve managed to read it within 2 days! Despite of my busy schedule being a law student. Mostly, I like how there are so many elements on law and the legal profession in this book! Such as, the law of tort with regards to negligence and contributory negligent, assisting a crime under criminal law and the importance of an invidual being legally represented!

Thirdly, the plot was utterly gripping. I kept wanting to know what will happen next! I was curious to find out who was behind all the crimes being committed. The plot did an excellent job on unveiling the mysteries one by one.

Lastly, the characters are all equally interesting. This book is written in three point of views which are Maeve, Knox and Phoebe! Hence, it made me know each of their characteristics better. Moreover, One Of Us Is Next tells us the danger of abusing the use of internet and social media! Also, the danger of gossip that can tarnished a person’s reputation!

However, the reason why I rated it a 4.5/5 is because, I felt that the ending didn’t quite make any sense due to the advance technology that can easily track a person’s internet personal data.

Overall, One Of Us Is Next is such a page turner. I highly recommend it to readers who loves murder mystery books!

Thank you so much Times Reads, for sending me a copy of One Of Us Is Next by Karen M.McManus!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on The Sky Is Mine by Amy Beashel

Synopsis:

No one has ever asked Izzy what she wants. She’s about to change all that…

In a house adept at sweeping problems under the carpet, seventeen-year-old Izzy feels silenced. As her safety grows uncertain, Izzy know three things for sure. She knows not to tell her mother that Jacob Mansfield has been threatening to spread those kinds of photos around college. She knows to quiet the grief that she’s been abandoned by her best friend Grace. And, seeing her mother conceal the truth of her stepdad’s control, Izzy also knows not to mention how her heart splinters and her stomach churns whenever he enters a room.

When the flimsy fabric of their life starts to unravel, Izzy and her mum must find their way out of the silence and use the power in their voices to rediscover their worth.

For fans of Sara Barnard, Louise O’Neill and E. Lockhart, The Sky is Mine is a powerful exploration of rape culture and domestic abuse, and a moving story of women learning to love themselves enough to demand to be heard.

My rating : 5/5

Review:

Let’s first start with the book cover, after reading the synopsis of the book and seeing the cover I knew that it will give the readers hope. The cover is both meaningful and beautiful.

Moving on to the writing, being a Law student I have constantly need to divide my time properly. Because if I don’t, I won’t be able to study and read for leisure at the same time. It’s hard sometimes reading a book that just does not give me a hook on reading it, being the writing is either complicated or dull. This is not the case with Amy Beashel’s debut book, as the writing was amazing. The Sky Is Mine writing was absolutely gripping and inspiring, it touched my heart. I understood and felt all the message that was written by the author.

Besides that, the plot was also another star because it was inspiring to see the main character, Izzy, becoming more stronger for herself and her mother. It was painful to read what Izzy and her mother had been through in their lives. However, it was deeply inspiring to see how they used their voices and find their ways to solve the problems they had. This story gave me hope that every problem can be solve with the right solution.

Furthermore, it was heart wrenching reading about the main character, Izzy. I felt her pain throughout reading The Sky Is Mine. All she wanted was to have a normal family. Most importantly, it was inspiring to see how Izzy changed in time by taking back control over her life. The author managed to write so many important dark topics. Which are rape culture, domestic abuse, toxic relationship, teen pregnancy and abortion. Women are said and seen to be fragile as we are physically weaker than men. This book inspires us, that we can overcome this problem. If someone is hurting you or making you uncomfortable, raise your voice and seek for help. The Sky Is Mine was also very helpful in putting contacts that can help readers reach out, if they are having trouble on rape culture and domestic abuse.

Lastly, the ending was what I wanted, it made me happy and even made me cry. Hence, Lizzy and her mother will be able to start a new and better life for both of them.

Also, below are some quotes that I love from The Sky Is Mine.

You deserve someone who’s not just going to accept you for who you are and everything that’s happened but someone who will love you all the more of it.

and

All those times I’ve gone with the flow instead of using my voice; how, at some point, it became lost property.

Overall, The Sky Is Mine is such an inspirational and a good read! I highly recommend this book, if you are looking for a read that covers a lot about important dark topics.

Thank you so much, Rock The Boat, for sending me this book!

This book will be available at all good bookstores on 6th February 2020!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️

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Book review on The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery

Synopsis:

One thousand paper cranes to achieve your heart’s desire.

1945, Hiroshima: Ichiro is a teenage boy relaxing at home with his friend Hiro. Moments later there is a blinding fl ash as the horrifi c nuclear bomb is dropped. With great bravery the two boys fi nd Hiro’s fi veyear-old sister Keiko in the devastated and blasted landscape. With Hiro succumbing to his wounds, Ichiro
is now the only one who can take care of Keiko. But in the chaos Ichiro loses her when he sets off to fi nd help.

Seventy years later, the loss of Keiko and his broken promise to his dying friend are haunƟ ng the old man’s fading years. Mizuki, his grandaughter, is determined to help him. As the Japanese legend goes, if you have the patience to fold 1,000 paper cranes, you will fi nd your heart’s desire; and it turns out her grandfather has only one more origami crane to fold…

Narrated in a compelling mix of straight straight narrative,
free verse and haiku poems, this is a haunting and powerful novel of courage and survival, with full-page illustrations by Natsko Seki.

My rating: 5/5

Review:

Let’s first start with the book cover, in my opinion, I think it represents a deep meaning of the story.

Besides that, I like the writing style in this book. Even though, the plot is heart-wrenching but with the good writing style, it made the book easy and fast to read.

Moreover, the plot just gives us awareness on what the people that survived the 1945 war in Hiroshima went through. It was a really heartfelt read.

Lastly, this story gives us a message on the cruelty and impact of wars because, it cost lives! The ending was also absolutely beautiful and it made me cry.

Overall, it was a beautiful read. I highly recommend this book, if you like to read fictional books that relates to wars happened in the past.

Thank you so much #Pansing @definitelybooks, for sending me this book!

This book is available at all good bookstores!

Sincerely,

Natasha (TheNatashaReads) ❤️